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School Bus Management / Training

Clearing Communication Hurdles with Parents

Barriers to clear communication, such as parents being less available, overwhelmed with information and not understanding the rules, can be overcome by meeting in person whenever possible, laying out specific rules and consequences, and providing access to real-time arrival information.

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Student's cell phone video didn't tell the whole story
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The district could have avoided embarrassment — for the school bus driver and for itself — by not passing judgment until after conducting a thorough investigation.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — Should alternative methods for drug and alcohol testing be allowed?
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The National School Transportation Association believes that before commercial motor vehicle carriers are permitted to use an alternative to the current tests, there must be consensus that the alternate method is scientifically and technologically proven to be valid and reliable.
<p><font size="1">Photo by Scott Goble</font></p> 6 Tips for a Smooth School Start
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Planning and practice can prevent transportation troubles on the first day of school. Bus prep, dry runs and parent contact are some of the key steps for a successful start.
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Wheel-nut indicator
Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut indicator that can help operators identify a loose wheel nut with a simple visual inspection, according to the company.

Integrated software suite
Seon now offers vMax Compass, a complete suite of school transportation solutions designed to work seamlessly together to deliver the real-time information needed to plan safe routes, track vehicles and student ridership, and capture, record and automatically download video of on-board incidents.

Book on school bus safety
Go Where the Bus Goes, a new children’s book written by Lorraine Fletcher, a longtime school bus driver in Kentucky, addresses school bus safety.

Pre-trip inspection module
InterMotive’s new pre-trip inspection module is designed to automatically turn on and off all chassis-controlled exterior lights, including brake and reverse lights.

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<p>Here&rsquo;s something you don&rsquo;t see every day: a clown bus. John Devine, owner of North Suburban Transportation in Woburn, Massachusetts, is seen here driving the company&rsquo;s whimsical vehicle in the local Halloween parade. As noted on the side of the bus, the seating capacity is &ldquo;1 Clown,&rdquo; who is pictured in the rear window.</p> PHOTOS: School bus oddities

From a clown bus to a stop-arm-equipped motorcycle, take a look through this collection of... Visit photo gallery

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School Bus Songs: 'School Bus Jive'

Here's another gem from the video vault. South-Western City Schools in Ohio created this safety rap presentation to teach students about proper bus behavior.

VIDEO: New York school bus safety event aims to educate

At an event held earlier this year, the New York School Bus Contractors Association and the Suffolk Region PTA walked parents and district officials through bus safety features, hiring and safety training requirements for school bus drivers.

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